News for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Manning goes with glove as weather gets frightful

There's a new "Gloved One" — in Denver, at least. Ripping a page from Michael Jackson's playbook, Peyton Manning has practiced for and played in the last two games with a sticky-feeling, orange-and-grey glove on his throwing hand. Sure, Manning has earned his fair share of curious glances for donning cold-weather gear when the temperatures are in the 50s, as they were Tuesday at practice. But in getting ready for the playoff push, which could include two games in sometimes-snowy Denver, Manning is leaving no stone unturned. And, as if on cue, a strong arctic storm is expected to roll into Denver on Friday night, bringing snow and bitter cold. The high for Saturday's playoff game against Baltimore is forecast to be 20 degrees.

Franklin swims in 1st meet of year for high school

It's hard to determine which meant more to Missy Franklin: Meeting singer Justin Bieber backstage at a recent concert or swimming in her first high school meet of the season. Mention both and her eyes grow wide. But only one made her nervous — and no, it wasn't visiting with the teen sensation after his performance in Denver on Monday. The Olympic gold medalist was an emotional wreck before her Regis Jesuit High School team took on rival Highlands Ranch in a dual meet on Tuesday. She's not sure why that was, either. Franklin swam in front of a worldwide audience at the London Olympics over the summer and took home four gold medals along with a bronze. But swimming with her high school teammates before roughly 250 fans, well, she was shaking in anticipation.

Wife says poisoned lottery winner had no enemies

The wife of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide said Tuesday she was devastated by his death and cannot believe her husband could have had enemies. Shabana Ansari spoke to The Associated Press a day after news emerged that 46-year-old Urooj Khan's death in July was the result of cyanide poisoning and not natural causes, as authorities initially concluded. Prosecutors, Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating Khan's death as a homicide, but they have not given any details, announced any suspects or said whether they believed the lottery win could have presented a motive. Ansari would not talk about the circumstances of her husband's death, saying it was too painful to recall. She said only that he fell ill shortly after they had dinner together. She described Khan as a hard-working and generous man who would send money to orphanages in their native India.

Editorial: Complicated conversations

Our View: In the weeks since the Sandyhook shootings, community and national conversations have focused on gun control. We hope policy makers grasp the complexity of the issue and stay away from simple, easy solutions. We also hope the issue of mental illness and how it relates to tragedies like Sandyhook will be examined with the same fervor and sense of urgency as gun control.

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Young bulldogs return to action

The future of Moffat County basketball looked bright, at least Tuesday afternoon. The boys and girls freshman basketball teams each beat Meeker in the MCHS gym after taking off nearly a month from their last set of games. Playing in the friendly confines of MCHS for the first time this season, both teams took advantage. The girls dominated from the tip en route to a 69-8 victory, while the boys used a strong second half to separate for a 46-35 win.

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Shadow Mountain residents talk improvement needs

Moffat County Commissioners receive project update from Craig City Council

Early Tuesday morning Moffat County Commissioners Chuck Grobe and John Kinkaid were sworn into office. And it didn’t take long for their counterparts at the City of Craig to invite them to a Tuesday night workshop to bring the newly elected county officials up to speed on a variety of projects, including Shadow Mountain.

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Moffat County grapplers back from Nevada

The Moffat County High School wrestling team returned from a tournament in Las Vegas last weekend and will now set its sights on the meat of its regular season. The Bulldogs competed at the Centennial Bulldog Grappler at Centennial High School in Las Vegas Jan. 4 and 5, a 20-team tournament which hosted teams multiple states. Moffat County represented itself well in both the team and individual competitions.

Steamboat economic analyst Scott Ford ends relationship with Yampa Valley Data Partners

The oft-cited economic analyst who handled a fair amount of data work for the nonprofit organization decided to end the relationship after he felt he was pressured to not take public stances on controversial civic issues. Ford has publicly opposed the city of Steamboat's sale of its public safety campus to local companies Big Agnes, Honey Stinger and BAP.

Donna Hackley: Commit to quit

Many cigarette smokers may want to quit but feel daunted by the challenge of ending their addiction, but support is available.

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Craig Marine finishes boot camp, prepares for more training

Recalling a pool of sweat in front of his face while his arms rhythmically pumped up and down doing endless pushups, Zach Hansen calls boot camp the most fun he’d never like to have again. The 18-year-old 2012 Moffat County High School graduate recently returned home for a ten-day leave after completing boot camp in San Diego and Camp Pendleton in California. Enlisting before graduating high school, there was never a doubt in Hansen’s mind he’d be joining the marines.

Colorado cities fare better than nation, increasing revenue

A survey by the Nation League of Cities showed cities in the nation ended 2012 with a 3.9 percent decrease in municipal revenue compared to 2011. However, a news release from the Colorado Municipal League said Colorado cities fared better than the nation, reporting 47 percent of Colorado’s municipalities had witnessed increased revenue since 2011, while 31 percent saw no major change.

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Moffat County Commission takes action at Tuesday’s meeting

Apprentice lineman recovering after shock

An apprentice lineman was working on equipment for the Yampa Valley Electric Association Jan. 2 at Loudy Simpson Park when he suffered an electrical contact. Todd Chapman, YVEA’s manager of consumer accounts, said the apprentice was at home recovering and the cause of the contact was still under investigation. Due to privacy laws, Chapman couldn't give the lineman's name or comment further on his condition.

Jim Kowach: Snow removal problems

I would like to thank the city plow truck workers for doing an excellent job with the snow removal. And just the opposite, I wonder why some people, especially businesses think they can pile snow — in some cases over 10 feet deep — on the sidewalks!

25 Shades of Craig: Cheating, part1

Having a broken heart is one thing, but when your broken heart is caused because someone cheated on you it takes thing to a different level. Most of us have been in a relationship where cheating was involved, it might have been back in high school but the effects from it last a life time.

Sandy Sorensen: Healthy weight loss programs should be supported

I'm writing in response to Darian Warden's Jan. 1 article about Jona Ely's weight loss program, Ideal Protein. I appreciate Ms. Ely's motives, as I too was concerned about Moffat County's ranking of 50 out of 59 in overall health when I heard about it in a Craig Daily Press article this summer. I have heard of this weight loss program and have friends that have had offers to take part in it as well. I've had friends who've been offered and I have not. There is a reason for this.